There are many common sayings in the English language that have their basis in the Bible. I find the Bible such a great source of inspiration for whatever issue I may be facing. I have listed below 5 sayings that I think can help to lead to a healthier lifestyle if followed.
- Live by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is listed in several places in the Bible, including Luke 6:31 and Matthew 7:12. It is excellent advice. Always consider how you would like to be treated, and treat others the same way. Less negativity will make you infinitely more healthy. Kindness goes a long way towards making you feel better.
- Don’t go to bed mad! For years, I did not know that this came from the Bible. This comes from Ephesians 4:26. Even without being Bible based, this is good advice. Going to bed angry is very unhealthy and stressful. We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential for good health. Whatever is bothering you, talk it out and clear the air before going to bed. If you can’t talk it out, agree to disagree and discuss it tomorrow. But do not go to bed without some type of resolution to clear the air.
- If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. There are many, many Bible verses against gossiping. A few examples are Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 34:13 and Matthew 12:36. Nothing is to be gained by gossiping, and the negativity that comes with it is just plain spiteful. It is hurtful to others, and keeps us all in a negative mindset, which is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. There is nothing to be gained by worrying about what we cannot change. We cannot change the past, and we can pray about the future, but worrying changes nothing. Worry can cause stress, anxiety, and make us want to revert to old habits that we know are not good for us. Matthew 6:27-34 tells us: Do not worry!
- Eat drink and be merry: Although this is often attributed to an old American proverb, it actually appears several times in the Bible (Isaiah 22:13, Luke 12:19, 1 Corinthians 15:32), but I like the verse in Ecclesiastes 8:15: “there is nothing better for a person under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry”. This may seem to go against our ideas of dieting, not drinking, etc. but in reality it is telling us to be happy. Happiness wards off all kinds of stress and ill feelings, and leads to a healthier life. You can’t help but feel good when you are happy.
Living Healthy Menu (adapted from Prevention Magazine’s 28 day challenge)
Breakfast: Eggs with Toast
2 hard or soft boiled eggs
1 slice whole wheat toast
6 oz. plain non-fat Greek yogurt
12 oz. coffee
Lunch: Hummus Pita
Stuff whole wheat pita with 1/2 cup hummus, 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce, and 2 tomato slices. Top with 1/2 cup grated cucumber mixed with 2 Tbsp non-fat plain Greek yogurt.
12 oz green or herbal tea or water
Dinner: Steak with Veggies
Serve 3 oz. grilled beef tenderloin steak with 1/2 cup each sliced onions, bell pepper, and mushrooms sauteed in 2 tsp olive oil with 1 clove minced garlic.
2 small boiled red skin potatoes sprinkled with parsley
12 oz. herbal tea or water
Dessert: 1 frozen low-calorie fudge dessert bar rolled in chopped pistachios
6 oz. non-fat plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries